Thursday, 31 May 2018

Placenta – A key Role in Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one among the psychological disorders which affect the person’s thinking and acts. People with schizophrenia have the difficulty in distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary
A new study suggests that the placenta may factor into the risk for schizophrenia, as well as other neuro-developmental disorders including ADHD, autism and Tourette syndrome.          The new findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, reveal that schizophrenia genes appear to be “turned on” during complicated pregnancies, and the more these genes are turned on, the more the placenta shows other signs of stress such as inflammation.
This new discovery would allow scientists to more accurately predict mental illness and to develop strategies to prevent or reduce its occurrence by improving the health and resiliency of the placenta.  For the new study, the researchers analysed over 2,800 adult individuals, 2,038 of whom had schizophrenia, of various ethnic backgrounds from four countries, including the U.S., Europe and Asia. All had undergone genetic testing and were surveyed for obstetrical history information.
“The surprising results of this study make the placenta the center piece of a new realm of biological investigation related to how genes and the environment interact to alter the trajectory of human brain development,” said Weinberger.
Source: Psych Central News

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